Joseph DeCotis

Visiting Hours

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday, October 9, 2017
O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home
465 Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
St. Mary's Church
12 William Street , Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Obituary of Joseph DeCotis

Joseph Michael DeCotis, 71, of North Attleboro, MA, formerly of Newport, RI passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, MA.

Born November 30, 1945 in York, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Michele (Babe) DeCotis and Mary Ella Wolf.  Joe was raised in Newport.

He was the brother of the late Rita DeCotis Ferreira.

Joe attended De La Salle Academy, Class of 1965.  After graduating, he was recruited by Minor League Baseball, where he played for the Washington Senators.  When he was released from baseball, Joe returned to Newport where he began working for Raytheon.  After several years, he became an electrician for J & M Electric.  Later, Joe worked for the state as a Park Manager at Fort Adams State Park.  From there he became the first Director of the Newport Tourism and Convention & Authority, now known as Discover Newport.

He relocated to North Attleboro in 1995 and began working for the Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School where he remained for the last 22 years.  In his free time, Joe enjoyed camping, golfing and working outdoors.

Joe will be most remembered for his amazing talent in a wide variety of sports from football, baseball, and basketball to tennis.  He was inducted into the City of Newport Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.  He was named De La Salle’s most outstanding athlete.  He was magic when it came to sports and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Rhode Island.

He is survived by 4 children:  Joseph DeCotis Jr., Darryl DeCotis, Mark DeCotis and his daughter Brandee DeCotis.  His niece, Deborah Gatta, nephews, Joseph and Robert Ferreira and several close cousins.

Visiting hours will held 3-6 pm on Monday, October 9, 2017 in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, RI.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street, Newport at 10 am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting



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